Friends of VINP Ramps Up for 25th Anniversary Gala


A full moon lights up Peter Bay and Presidio del Mar.

Friends of V.I. National Park invites everyone to its Annual Gala on Saturday, February 23, 2013!

Join Friends as for an elegant evening as the group takes time to recognize its achievements at the 25th Anniversary gala themed “Friends for 25 Years.”

Friends will honor its partnership with the National Park Service and thank donors, for their continued support.

Friends is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of Virgin Islands National Park and to promoting the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure.
Money raised from the event will support the Friend’s continued work on behalf of Virgin Islands National Park, with 23 programs and projects this year alone.

The gala is being hosted by Steven and Pamela Deckoff at their beautiful home “Presidio del Mar” in Peter Bay.  The event will begin with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m.  A festive evening of fine wine, champagne, cocktails, dining and dancing under the stars will follow. 

The gala will feature an encore performance of Love City’s very own local “In the Sand Band.” Aged rums, truffles and fine cigars will be part of a “Taste of History” bar.  The fabulous Friends raffle featuring items from local vendors and several special silent auction items will cap off the event.

A shuttle service and parking will be available at the Trunk Bay parking lot starting at 6 p.m. St. Thomas and Cruz Bay guests will be provided shuttle service from the Cruz Bay ferry dock at 6:20 and 7:20 p.m., with return shuttles in time for the 10 and 11 p.m. ferries to Red Hook. 

Tickets are limited and typically sell out, so guests are asked to RSVP by February 8. Tickets are $250, and may be purchased at Connections and the Friends of the Park Store, or by calling Friends at 779-4940. 

Can’t make it? Raffle tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 each or five for $100 at the same locations. 

And don’t forget about Friends’ special limited ticket jewelry raffle of a Tahitian pearl and diamond pendant valued at $6,800. It is 13-13.5mm, set in Platinum, with 0.57ctw of VS quality round, brilliant cut diamonds.

This pendant is donated by R&I Patton and is available for viewing at their store in Mongoose Junction. 

Tickets can be purchased for $50 each next door at the Friends of the Park Store, by phone at 340-779-4940, or at Connections Cruz Bay. Only 100 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be at the gala on February 23, and one need not be present to win.

Come out for a great night under the stars in beautiful St. John and help raise funds to assist Friends in their mission of preserving the unique national treasure of Virgin Islands National Park.